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Airline Division News, Week Ending November 11, 2017

TAMC and Airline Division make presentation at American Legion A&P credentialing meeting 

Through the Teamsters Military Assistance Program; the Airline Division and The Aviation Mechanics Coalition were invited to make a presentation at the American Legion A & P Credentialing Round Table in Washington, DC on November 7, 2017. The roundtable discussion focused on the Aviation Mechanic shortage and how to facilitate the transition of separating Veterans into civilian aviation maintenance jobs. 

The Round Table meeting was hosted by the American Legion and was attended by members of the TAMC and Airline Division as well as Soldier for Life, Community College of the Air Force, Department of Defense, Department of Labor and the Department of Education. Embry- Riddle University, Pratt and Whitney, Fed-Ex and Delta Airlines made presentations as well.  

TAMC and the Airline Division engaged economist Dan Akins whose presentation provided real time information supporting our position that the Aviation Mechanic shortage is upon us and will grow exponentially over the next 20 years. TAMC also spotlighted the fact that the airline industry is losing veterans with this much needed training to other trades since there is currently no clear path for them to get into the airline industry. 

The presentation centered around the shortage of mechanics as well as real workable solutions that will help encourage enlisted men and women document their time working in an Aviation Maintenance MOS so that they get credit  towards the FAA A&P exam. The TAMC also provided input about apprenticeship programs and how a veterans MOS time should help them succeed in those programs and eventually lead to successful completion of the FAA exams. 

These discussions are only the first steps in the development of programs that will provide a clear pathway for Military Aviation Maintainers to gain access to great civilian jobs. The Teamsters Airline Division and The Aviation Mechanics Coalition remain committed to making this happen. 

In attendance for the Airline Division were, John Hennelly Local 455 TMAP, Col. Paul Alves (USAF-Ret.) and Chris Moore and Bob Fisher for the TAMC.


Airline Industry News 

Airlines, Industry and Labor

UPS will open a 360,000-square-foot distribution center in Aurora, Colo., by the end of the year. The facility will be the city's first UPS distribution center. 

United Airlines flew its final Boeing 747 flight on Tuesday. The airline planned celebrations for the iconic aircraft at the departure and arrival locations in San Francisco and Hawaii. 

FedEx Express has placed an order for at least 30 redesigned 72-600F freighter planes from turboprop maker ATR. The deal is the European aircraft manufacturer's first US order in more than 20 years. 

Atlas Air Holdings reported a 20% increase in third-quarter revenue compared to the same period last year, and says it expects strong performance to continue into 2018. President and CEO William Flynn attributed the numbers to an expanding global middle class and growth in Asia. 

Boeing announced it has reached a $37 billion deal to sell 300 planes to China Aviation Supplies Holding Company, a state-run enterprise that leases planes to Chinese airlines. Boeing reports that one out of four planes it makes are being delivered to Chinese customers. 

One of the biggest impediments to the development of drones in e-commerce delivery fulfillment, the strict Federal Aviation Administration rules on unmanned aircraft – appears to be on the verge of being overcome.  

FedEx’s order for 30 ATR 72-600Fs is interesting, especially in the light of last week’s Air & Sea Cargo Americas event in Miami. After Boeing’s market forecast update, several delegates asked the plane-maker about development plans for turboprop freighters, in the under-20-ton bracket. 

Carriers – both air and sea –are attracted by the high yields that come with the transportation of pharmaceuticals.


Veterans Day


On the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918, the Armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I. Originally a national holiday to celebrate peace from “the war to end all wars,” it has now become the national holiday we call Veterans Day; the day we honor our Veterans from all wars. While it has other names in other nations; the intent remains, to honor those who have served in defense of our nation. 

Today as we honor our fellow citizens who have worn the uniforms of our nation; we salute the members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. We recognize their service to our nation and thank them for their selfless dedication. As we pause to thank them, may we also speak aloud the names of those family members, friends and others we know who have passed on, so that their names and memories may never be forgotten.